French Country Table

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Project by SteveV posted 10-25-2007 07:49 PM 2047 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this project for a women at work. Actually I guess she designed it. I wanted to build a Virginia Farm table but she wanted French thus the fancy legs.

The base went together pretty easily but I had to build a jig to hold the legs in place while I mortised them. I bought the legs to save time. The base is nice and square and level so I am happy. The bases is made from poplar as it will be painted black. The base includes pull out slides that will support 18×40 inch table extensions. I will have brass locator pins in the extension that will fit into the runners. I will also include a click catch to hold them in place.

Then I went to work on the top. The top is solid 2inch Cherry. This was hard to work with so it took a lot of time to prep before gluing up. Cutting the bread board end tenons was an ordeal. First I started with a router that was too small and a router straight edge the was not straight. So off I went to buy a Festool router and guide! Awesome tool and guide!! Before getting the Festool system my tenon were actually angled down causing the bread board end to not align with the top.

Well, the table is almost complete … oh yeah, had to go out and buy two new LN planes … 4 1/2 smother and tenon block plane. Here are some of the photos … I will post more pics as I near completion.

For more detailed pics, go here

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#1 posted 10-25-2007 07:56 PM

Awesome table, Steve.

I’ve always loved cherry, and to have a surface that big… I’m envious.

Although I must say, I have hand-planed the tops for my “two bedside tables”, and I am definitely not envying you… Either my plane was not sharp enough, or cherry is damned hard!

Awaiting finished pics…

-- Dekker -

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#2 posted 10-25-2007 08:04 PM

Wonderful work. Also, congratulations on your two new planes. How do you like the 140? Any thought to getting one of the shoulder planes in lieu of it?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 10-25-2007 08:07 PM

Really nice work. I like the legs!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 10-25-2007 09:46 PM

I LOVE hand planing the top!! Never have I used a nicer plane but I will tell you I have lost 10lbs doing the bottom and top surfaces. Planing is a lot of work!

I find the shoulder planes too small and too expensive. That’s why I went this route. Its not the best for the shoulder but great on the face. BTW the 3rd pic is actually the bottom of the table?

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#5 posted 10-25-2007 11:00 PM

Sounds like you got a good workout. I have a LN 5 1/2 or a Bedrock 605 1/2 on my some day list. Have you tried a large shoulder plane?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 10-26-2007 04:46 AM

Well on your way my friend. This is an excellent piece of work. I bet the Festool Router sure is nice. I think I saw a Grizzly bandsaw in one of the pics, sweet. I know I love my Grizzly.

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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#7 posted 10-26-2007 01:29 PM

Beautiful! looks great!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#8 posted 10-26-2007 08:03 PM

Yes, last year I bought the Grizzly 8” jointer, 14” BS, and drill press. Love them all. I’m thinking about a new table saw too. Kind of like the PM2000 but not sure I’m in the market to spend over $2K on one tool. I have another opportunity coming up the may pay around 5K … if I can make decent profit on it maybe I will get one. I really would like to get the festool plunge saw for cutting sheet goods.

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#9 posted 11-14-2007 06:48 PM

Well, I think I fineshed the Table! for the picture story go here …

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